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First Things First: Blood Stains Happen
There’s still a lot of stigma and shame around reproductive health. This means many people find it painful to talk (even with friends!) about things like period stains on their underwear.
Some of us end up routinely tossing our favorite undies. Some of us spend our period days wearing underwear we’ve designated as “ruinable”.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. What’s more: You probably already have everything you need to get period stains out of underwear lying around. Stick with us!
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Is it hot and humid outside?
- Yes: your drinks should be room temperature.
- No: drink something hot so you sweat more and cool off.
Hot or cold — what matters most is that you stay hydrated. Watch out for these signs of dehydration and find out how much liquid you need per day and what are the healthiest drink choices to help you stay hydrated.
Follow the same method as with the salt or baking soda: Just crush a few aspirins and mix with water to form a paste. Apply it to the stain and you should see it start to budge.
How to Get Dried Blood out of Clothes
If you notice a blood stain after it’s dried, you can still do your best to get it out. It might take a little extra work, but it is possible.
Step by Step Instructions
- Fill a basin with cool water.
- Soak the stained item in the water for an hour to break up the stain.
- Wash in cool water, but air dry as the tumble dryer can set the stain.
- If the stain remains, turn the fabric inside out. Scrub at the stained area with soap and water. This is recommended on sturdy fabrics — like cotton or linen — not delicates. Turning the fabric inside out helps to break apart the stain from behind and pushing it out of the clothes.
- If the blood stain is still there, try an enzymatic cleaner. This will biodegrade the dried blood stain.
- After the stain is out, launder as normal.
How to Get Dried Blood Out of Sheets in Easy Steps
If the stain was fresh there are chances you might have dealt with it calmly. But, how to get blood out of sheets if it has dried? Follow the steps below to get rid of dried blood stains:
- You have to soak the sheet in cold water for a night. This loosens the dried blood, making your next steps easier.
- The next step is to pour hydrogen peroxide into the bloodstain. Use a soft brush to pat it. Dab the stain with a cloth after 10 minutes.
- Machine wash the sheet in a regular washing cycle.
- Let your sheet dry naturally.
The stain may not come out in one go. Don’t worry, you can repeat the process by using one of the stain removers mentioned below.
Tips to Keep in Mind
We have a few more tips to make blood stain removal even easier.
- Always check the care label first: There is a lot of important info on these care labels. Always check them to make sure you don’t damage the garment further.
- Spot test: Always do a spot test on an inconspicuous area of the garment. This ensures that if the clothes react badly with your solution of choice, nobody will see it!
- If in doubt, take elsewhere: If you’re not 100 percent sure about whether you can remove the stain, then take it to a dry cleaner. We know that it can be a little embarrassing to take them a blood-soaked item, but don’t worry. They’ve definitely dealt with worse!
- Clean it quickly: The quicker you tackle that blood stain, the easier it will be to get the stain out. If you let it dry, it’s still possible to get it out but it will be a lot harder.
- Always use cold water: Cold water will help remove the blood stain. Warm or hot water will basically set the stain, making it even more difficult to remove!
Tips To Keep Your Sheets Clean
- Wash and change your sheets once a week.
- Wash sheets separately. If unavoidable, make sure other items are of the same color.
- Always check washing instructions before washing sheets.
- To prevent darker sheets from fading, use cold water and dry them in the shade.
- Pre-treating helps in removing minor stains.
- Follow the dryer temperature provided in the label.
- Iron and store your sheets properly.
Reader Success Stories
David Gruesbeck Jul 2, 2016
“Saved my new light yellow dress shirt. I didn’t see a bloodstain until 30+ minutes later… I freaked! I used a kitchen under sprayer, serious cold water, at first it didn’t seem to work, then all of a sudden, oh wow, thank-you Lord.” …” more